The radial contraction of argon microwave plasmas studied by Thomson scattering

E.A.D. Carbone, S. Hübner, J.M. Palomares Linares, J.J.A.M. Mullen, van der

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Radial electron density ne(r) and temperature Te(r) profiles of a microwave argon plasma at intermediate pressure were investigated by Thomson scattering. This method allows one to get ne(r) and Te(r) spatially resolved without any a priori assumption on the shape of the profile. Data were acquired in the pressure range 5–88 mbar where a transition from wall-stabilized to a radially contracted plasma mode was observed. It was found that the fitting of the radial profile can be done with a Bessel function for which the boundary radius R defined by ne(R) = 0 is a free parameter. For pressures above 20 mbar the electron density profile undergoes radial contraction, so R goes down from 3 mm at 5 mbar (wall position) to 2.09 mm at 88 mbar. The electron temperature Te(r) on the other hand is flat in the centre and rises towards the wall. For low pressures, this rise is moderate but for pressures of 20 mbar and above the increase is more pronounced.
Original languageEnglish
Article number345203
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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